Quack Doctor Operates Closed Masaka Clinic at Night

2762 Views Masaka, Uganda

In short
A quack doctor who was arrested less than a month ago is back in business with his clinic receiving patients in Masaka. Because he has reopened his clinic, patients are flocking in the belief he has been cleared to operate.

Solomon Musiitwa, the quack surgeon arrested last month by police for allegedly operating on patients illegally has re-opened his closed clinic and resumed operations without approval.
On 31st July, Masaka district medical officials and operatives from Allied Health Professionals Council arrested Musiitwa. He had been passing himself as Dr. Solomon Musiitwa, a special surgeon.
Police also closed down Musiitwa’s Alliance Medical Research and Nutrition Centre Clinic along Hobart Street and declared it illegal. They also recovered several application forms of nurses the suspect had allegedly recruited after soliciting money from them purportedly to take them to South Sudan.
Musiitwa was detained at Sazza police station and later transferred to Masaka Central police. He secured a police bond according to Teddy Naudo, the Officer in Charge Criminal Investigations officer at Sazza police station. She says they gave him police bond because police was still investigating and consulting on the charges to bring against him.
// Cue in: “Inquiries we need…
Cue out: …get a court bail.”//
However, after securing a police bond, Musiitwa is back to business despite the fact that his clinic was not authorized to re-open. URN Reporter has found him attending to patients twice at his closed clinic. He also operates with another unidentified nurse.
He also wanted to treat URN reporter on Wednesday and Thursday but when he realized he was speaking to a journalist, he ordered the reporter out of his clinic.
Meddie Lutaaya and Erias Strauss are some of the patients who have gone to Musiitwa’s clinic for medication. Lutaaya says when he saw him re-open; he thought he had been cleared.
Lutaaya accuses police of failing to take Musiitwa to court for illegal operation and being a danger to the public.
Another resident Erias Strauss says Musiitwa’s clinic now operates at night. He claims that after its closure last month, he came back and started operating at night. He wonders why Masaka district Health Department did not close it completely and disposes of the drugs.
Michael Kayizzi, the regional Supervisor Allied Health Professional Council, says he was surprised police released him without taking him to court. He however says he plans to raid the clinic again and close it completely.
Kayizzi denies authorizing him to resume operations. He says the drugs found in his clinic were not only fake but some were dangerous for human consumption because they had expired. He has asked Masaka patients to stop going to his clinic because he is not a qualified medical personnel.
// Cue in: “The clinic was …
Cue out: …allied professional’s Act.”//
Henry Kavuma, the Masaka DPC says police is not aware Musiitwa reopened the closed clinic. He says although they gave him police bond, they did not authorize him to re-open the clinic. He is unsure how far attempts to build a case against the quack doctor have gone. 
Last month, 10 other quack nurses were arrested in Masaka town for operating illegally.


About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.